I hope it’s not a case of you get what you pay for (probably is – we shall see), but since migrating to Dreamhost, Philly Future has had some downtime. There was a hardware failure. A few reboots. In any case, far more than what I experienced at its older, more expensive host. We went with Dreamhost for its low cost, combination of features – and most importantly – they were one of only two shared hosting solutions (them and Site5) to promise they could handle a primary requirement – the capability to handle 30 simultaneous database connections. High traffic, occurring during aggregation runs, which occur every hour where we consume up to 250+ RSS feeds across the community, would bring us to that limit at our old host. We had downtime during Live 8 at noon due to this and on a couple of other occasions. When inquiring at new hosts, everyone except those I mentioned, including TextDrive and BlueHost, told me they had similar restrictions.
The bandwidth consumption for a site like Philly Future is expensive. And since it is a grassroots effort – we are bounded by the limited resources we have – which um means – my wallet. I have not aggresively pursued ad revenue.
Any ideas out here?